Gallery Exhibition - ‘Painting From Nature - The Central West'

Exhibition: Wednesday 19th April to Thursday 1st June, 2017.

By award winning artist John Sharman.

John Sharman was born is Sydney in 1947 and now lives on the South Coat of NSW. John was a compulsive drawer from childhood. He pursued drawing and painting after hours and slowly developed his perceptions and abilities and has been a full time professional artist since 1980.

An opportunity in 1977, while living in the Shoalhaven area, saw John produce a series of drawings of historical homes for the Shoalhaven Historical Society’s annual calendar over a five year period. This helped raise his profile in the area and led to an association with an artist who introduced him to plen-air painting using a dark wash technique.

One of the more unusual projects in his formative years was the production of over 1,000 portraits of world and local identities drawn from the television screen during interviews and current affairs programs, each completed in a matter of minutes.

In his formative years, John became part of a group of artists that included Robert Simpson, Doug Kasey, Ritchie Sealy, Allan Fizzell and others and holds fond memories of many painting adventures with those artists.

John has had 41 solo exhibitions since 1980 to present in Sydney, Canberra and regional galleries. As well as countless group exhibitions with other artists.

Admirers of his work tend to collect numerous pieces over extended periods. His success in regional art awards finds his work in many municipal, corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally. The accumulation of over 200 awards, most of which having been acquisitional, include:
• Peter Stuyvesant Cultural Foundation Award (4 times)
• Caltex Art Award (3 times)
• Rothmans Foundation Award
• Bega Valley Art Award (2 times)
• Shoalhaven Art Award
• Junee Art Award (7 times)
• Kiama Art Award (3 times)
• Liverpool Bicentennial Award
• Macquarie Art Award Kempsey
• Tumut Art Award Best Exhibition (2 times)
• Goulburn Art Award
• Henry Lawson Festival of Arts (3 times)

John is currently painting landscapes, seascapes, still life and beach oriented figurative works in a realist – impressionist style. The majority of his works are painted on location plein-air.

For this exhibition there are 36 paintings all in water soluble oil paint on prepared particle board. All works are painted plen-air in one sitting at sites in and around the Central West. The exhibition consists of a selection of works showing the diversity of the wide area using combined elements necessary to make a collection of sensitive and convincing images

The Grenfell Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.